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Does having safe operating procedures in your workplace equal engagement and understanding by your employees? I wish the answer was yes, but it’s definitely not. It is recommended (but not a legal requirement) for a business to have documented processes and procedures about how they are to safely use equipment, machinery, chemicals,...

Since the new health and safety legislation came into place, the term “a prescribed person” has been appearing in several publications. So what or who is this person, and is it a restriction on the home handyman? Why is it important when it comes to health and safety management and especially when...

Is contractor prequalification just about compliance to the law or about making a difference? The challenge to this statement was brought home to me a few weeks ago when I meet up with a neighbour who was spitting sparks, and said to me, "I’m in the wrong business - how do...

Did you know that your business can use Hasmate to not only manage its company assets, but also its vehicles, equipment, employee information, and training, and the same program can also alert you when important checks must be made? Over the past five years, there have been numerous work-site accidents involving...

Health and safety is not a topic that you would usually get emotional about, but one gets to a point when enough is enough. A couple of years ago a friend gave me the book “Tragedy at Pike River Mine: How and Why 29 Men Died” by Rebecca Macfie. He said to...

What is a significant hazard or risk? Where and how does the term significant hazard fit into hazard management and the risk rating of hazards, and is it still relevant? This is a question I was asked recently and there still exists some confusion as to its application,  and is it or...

Why should a business have to do this? Apart from the PCBU's obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, it is a good investment of resources, especially if you: value the skills and expertise that your employees bring to your business, and the shortage of qualified, skilled, experienced...

Here are three questions to think about for your business: Do you place value on the wellness and mental fitness of your employees? Is it essential to have a fit and mentally alert workforce to your business? Does your business have a specific plan in place to monitor and to...

A stitch in time saves nine. This simple proverb says that it is better to spend time to plan and to deal with problems as soon as possible, than wait for things to bust, especially when you are in full production. If you wait until you have time, things will get...